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Police officer fired over sex offender

SPOKANE - Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick fired a police corporal Tuesday after an investigation into his relationship with a convicted sex offender who lived in his basement.

Cpl. David Freitag was dismissed for conduct unbecoming and violating department policies after an internal affairs investigation that began when FBI agents arrested Thomas Herman in Freitag's basement July 25.

Herman pleaded guilty last week in federal court to one count of possessing child pornography. He was arrested in a nationwide FBI investigation.

Freitag was placed on leave from his $66,000-a-year job shortly after Herman, a convicted Level One sex offender, was arrested.

Court documents say Freitag stored 10 firearms for the convicted felon, who is prohibited from owning weapons.


Man facing gun charges flees nation

A south Seattle barbershop worker who allegedly espoused radical Islamic views fled to Somalia rather than show up in federal court to be sentenced on gun and counterfeiting charges.

Ruben Shumpert helped run Crescent Cuts barber shop in Seattle's Rainier Valley, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court. He was arrested two years ago and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, following an FBI investigation into activities at the shop. He was accused of providing a gun to one person and giving $700 to another for the purpose of buying a gun.

Firefighter gets $120,000 in lawsuit

A Seattle firefighter has settled her sex-discrimination lawsuit with the Fire Department for $120,000.

Susan Radosevich, 49, said she was the subject of years of harassment and treated differently than men. City officials argued Radosevich, who joined the department in 1981, was a difficult employee because of her moodiness and intimidating manner.

In her lawsuit, Radosevich said she was subjected to "gender-based insults, harassment, intimidation" and had to follow stricter guidelines when seeking time off.

She previously sought $1.2 million and a letter of apology from Chief Gregory Dean.

Skagit County

Eggnog recalled for pasteurization issue

Golden Glen Creamery in Skagit County has agreed to a voluntary recall of its eggnog because of potential health problems related to improper pasteurization, the state Department of Agriculture said.

The eggnog being recalled was bottled in quart-size glass containers and had a pull date of Nov. 28 on the cap. The product was distributed at groceries in Bellingham, Issaquah, Seattle, Langley, Bellevue, Bremerton, Silverdale, Everett, Kent and Redmond.

Moses Lake

Potato commission wants ex-chief to pay

Washington State Potato Commission officials have asked their former executive director for about $28,000 after a state audit found he misspent commission money.

Pat Boss, who resigned from the Moses Lake-based commission in May 2005, has not been criminally charged, but is still under investigation, said Teddy Chow, a Grant County deputy prosecutor.